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The Hesse-Darmstadts (Hesse and by Rhine) / Re: Ernst's Memoirs
« on: November 09, 2015, 01:50:40 PM »
Google's 'snippet views' are excerpts of two to three lines of text surrounding queried search terms; they are displayed "in cases where Google does not have permission of the copyright owner to display a preview", as Wikipedia phrases it.

The total word count of the excerpts that you have posted here is about 1,500 (!!), so you must have combined quite a number of snippet previews without proper permission of the copyright owner.
The fact that you have also posted these excerpts elsewhere without permission doesn't make it okay, does it - only worse.

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The Hesse-Darmstadts (Hesse and by Rhine) / Re: Ernst's Memoirs
« on: November 09, 2015, 05:05:23 AM »
Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig's memoirs were published in 1983. The publication is protected by copyright. Aren't you violating copyrights when posting such large sections of that publication without proper permission of the editor/publisher?

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Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Empress Alexandra Photos #5
« on: August 29, 2015, 07:53:02 AM »
Is this Alexandra, or her sister Princess Irene of Prussia? I would say it's Irene.
Princess Irene visited the Imperial Family at Peterhof from 21 July/3 August to 5/18 August 1913.

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Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra and her Health Part 2
« on: August 11, 2015, 02:17:27 AM »
In "25 Chapters of My Life", p. 79, Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna recounts how in the summer or autumn of 1903 she accompanied N II and AF to Pskov to attend the army maneuvers.
Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna states that while there, Empress Alexandra slipped and fell, breaking her arm. This is the first I have ever heard of this.
Does anyone know anything more about this?
On 6/19 August 1903, the Emperor wrote in his diary: "... At 10:30 we went to Pskov. ... We had dinner at 8 pm. We amused ourselves by going down the river on trays along the embankment. Alix hurt her hand when slipping from the stairway banister." [Translation by Stephen R. de Angelis]

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Lotte Hoffmann-Kuhnt, who published the letters that Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia wrote to her friend Tony Becker in 2009, has published a new book.
It includes correspondence between Dr. Ernst Becker and various members of the British Royal Family and of the Grand-Ducal House of Hesse - about 450 letters in total.

Dr. Ernst Becker (1826-1888) was the editor's great-grandfather. He worked as a tutor to Prince Albert Edward and Prince Alfred and as secretary and librarian to Prince Albert. He was also an enthusiastic photographer.
Later, he worked as a private secretary to Princess Alice and as Geheimer Kabinettsrat in Darmstadt. He was the father of Tony Becker.

Editor:        HOFFMANN-KUHNT, Lotte
Title:          Dr. Ernst Becker - Briefe aus einem Leben im Dienste von Queen Victoria und ihrer Familie
Publisher:    Cardamina Verlag (Plaidt, Germany)
ISBN:          978-3-86424-231-1
Language:   German
Page count: 630 pages

http://www.cardamina.net/artikeldetails.php?aid=496&sprache=2

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The Windsors / Re: Books on British royalty (non-Tudor)
« on: March 12, 2015, 07:47:23 AM »
Lotte Hoffmann-Kuhnt, who published the letters that Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia wrote to her friend Tony Becker in 2009, has published a new book.
It includes correspondence between Dr. Ernst Becker and various members of the British Royal Family and of the Grand-Ducal House of Hesse - about 450 letters in total.

Dr. Ernst Becker (1826-1888) was the editor's great-grandfather. He worked as a tutor to Prince Albert Edward and Prince Alfred and as secretary and librarian to Prince Albert. He was also an enthusiastic photographer.
Later, he worked as a private secretary to Princess Alice and as Geheimer Kabinettsrat in Darmstadt. He was the father of Tony Becker.

Editor:        HOFFMANN-KUHNT, Lotte
Title:          Dr. Ernst Becker - Briefe aus einem Leben im Dienste von Queen Victoria und ihrer Familie
Publisher:    Cardamina Verlag (Plaidt, Germany)
ISBN:          978-3-86424-231-1
Language:   German
Page count: 630 pages

http://www.cardamina.net/artikeldetails.php?aid=496&sprache=2


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Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Madame Becker's Visit
« on: December 30, 2014, 05:54:30 PM »
At the request of a friend, I would like to share the following information received from this friend:

     It does not seem to have anything to do with Toni Becker-Bracht.
     http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=219.msg391655#msg391655
 
     Nor does there necessarily have to have been a concrete “Madame” Bekker.
     http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=12434.msg379733#msg379733
 
     Unfortunately, lacking the texts of the Empress’ earlier letters, we cannot know when precisely she first began to use that term.
 
     And recall that in the Empress’ letters to Tsar Nicholas II during WW I, the first term she used was “engineer-mechanic”.
     (The term “Bekker” occurs only later in the correspondence.) Eventually both terms were used interchangeably.

     [Note that Russian employs two nouns, joined by a hyphen (engineer-mechanic), where English uses a noun modified by an adjective (mechanical engineer)].
 
     Well, it turns out that there was a real “engineer-mechanic” named Bekker:
     Naval officer, Alexander Alfredovich von Bekker (1879-1920), Captain Second Class, mechanical engineer on the destroyer “Voskovoi”.
     He later served on the imperial launches and cutters which ferried the Imperial family and its guests between Peterhof and the imperial yachts anchored further offshore.
     Thus he was well known to the Imperial family.
 
     It does seem a bit far-fetched, but perhaps the origin of that term has something to do with him. But, if so, why or how?
 
     Of course, all of this is only a conjecture. We may never know for certain.


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Broadcasting company "Hessischer Rundfunk" will broadcast a documentary/film on Alix as a Hessian princess in a week or two.
It will include an interview with Ms. Lotte Hoffmann-Kuhnt, who edited and published Alix's letters to her friend Toni Becker-Bracht.
According to Ms. Hoffmann-Kuhnt, it will be broadcast on 6 January 2015 ( 20h15 local time)  and again on 10 January 2015 ( 18h30 local time).
To watch it, go to http://www.hr-online.de/website/fernsehen/sendungen/ and click on the 'Livestream' button.

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Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Young Alix - Before her Marriage
« on: December 22, 2014, 01:55:53 PM »
Broadcasting company "Hessischer Rundfunk" will broadcast a documentary/film on Alix as a Hessian princess in a week or two.
It will include an interview with Ms. Lotte Hoffmann-Kuhnt, who edited and published Alix's letters to her friend Toni Becker-Bracht.
According to Ms. Hoffmann-Kuhnt, it will be broadcast on 6 January 2015 ( 20h15 local time)  and again on 10 January 2015 ( 18h30 local time).
To watch it, go to http://www.hr-online.de/website/fernsehen/sendungen/ and click on the 'Livestream' button.

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Griff, thank you for your comments. It's always good to hear that my book has been useful. :)

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Thank you for the season's greetings and the lovely card. :) And congratulations on having found a publisher for your book. With your two other articles not being published in Royalty Digest Quarterly, I look forward to it all the more now.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Malfelda

You re right, Dru. Its Mafalda. Eric loves to miswrite names , lol.

Not just the names ;)  (...) he always says "morganEtic" (...)

Eric, could the issue be correct spelling? It is "morganatic", not "morganetic", and "Mafalda", not "Malfelda"
(And: yes, we all make mistakes.)


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Nicholas II / Re: Diary of Nicholas II
« on: August 22, 2014, 12:31:32 PM »
Nicholas didn't specify which Olga he meant. Based on the context and his diary notes for the preceding days, I think it was Olga Nikolaevna.

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They visited Kastell Saalburg on 5/18 September 1910. [Source of information: Nicholas II's diary]

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Thank you for the correct name of the artist.
Comparing the above pictures of the "Russia to her warriors" card, I think you may be right about the reprints.

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